As the restrictions during this current pandemic of 2020 look set to become more rigid as we go into 2021, we explore creative learning, available online. We are currently unable to attend meetings, work from an office, our favourite life-drawing class or meet up with fellow creatives in person which for many, is a source of inspiration or a huge part of our social life. Creatives have long been working from home, with the new world of lockdown relatively easy to adapt to, that does not mean it has been without its problems, including everything from cancelled contracts and lost income to isolation and loneliness, it's not surprising that designers, illustrators and artists have been looking for new virtual spaces to create and meet. We look at the best virtual offerings, so if you are looking to ‘brush-up’ (insert groan for cheesy joke) on skills, learn a new craft or just chat to like-minded creatives, we have the right fit for you.
When choosing the right class for you, look at your current skill level – beginner, intermediate or advanced, not all classes will be relevant to your level. Check which materials/tools you will need, which will be on top of your course fees.
1. https://anorakmagazine.com/pages/studio is an independent kids' publishing house founded in 2006 by Cathy Olmedillas, formerly of '90s lifestyle bible The Face. At the start of lockdown, Olmedillas decided to set up a Slack channel, where every day from 4-6pm GMT, artists and illustrators can chat about their day, their fears, and share happy thoughts.
2. Virtual Knitting Groups: As well as starting the #yarnshoplove campaign to support their local yarn shops during these difficult times, the UK hand knitting association is also running regular virtual knitting groups. You can join in the fun each week using zoom video chat, and they’ve even started live Q&A sessions with knitting and crochet experts. You can find out all the dates and info over on their Instagram page.
3. https://www.meetup.com/topics/art/ Find Arts events from local groups so you can do more of what matters to you, online if not person. Or create your own group and meet people online near you, with similar interests.
4. https://sijobling.com/portfolio/on-the-side/ Do you have a side project you want to work on but struggle to focus on or complete? Have you thought about sharing your challenges? That’s where On the Side comes in, a place where you can encourage each other to focus on finishing a task, where you can ask questions or get support on those problems you’re stuck on.
5. Time to Talk Day 2021 "Time to Talk Day is a chance for schools, workplaces and communities – to join together on one day to tackle the silence and the stigma that can still surround mental health.The virtual festival will take place on our YouTube channel and is open to everyone – no tickets required!"A great way to get talking using activities , we also think we could add in crafting or creating artwork as an activity too.
We hope this guide helps you find something to join or use to boost your creativity at home!
Rembrandt in Southern California This virtual exhibition brings together a group of Rembrandt paintings in Southern California museums, they represent nearly every phase of the artist’s career giving an opportunity to view his fantastic career.
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